Sneaky Stinkin’ Idols!

All right!  This is good!  This is GREAT!  The depression lasts for just a second, before I realize what God is doing with me!
I beg Him to strip me of my idols… He’s faithful to do so!
My political idols have been crushed to powder.
Who is Ron Paul or Chuck Baldwin compared to the Christ?
My patriotism is NOTHING anymore, for I am not of this world!
What is the Constitution when juxtaposed with the living Word of God!?!
Those are only a few of the more obvious, in-your-face (hind-sight being 20/20) idols that I have recently abandoned… happily, willingly, once reminded of Whose I am and of who I am in Him! (Qualifier:  Mind you, these revelations of my heart don’t mean I abandon responsibility.  Quite the contrary!  I am MORE passionate and zealous, because MUCH MORE than this nation and my children’s future is at stake!  The lordship of Jesus Christ is at stake!  This makes me MORE diligent in the political process!  Being a king and priest unto God doesn’t make me complacent!)

I digress.

Reading My Utmost for His Highest this morning, by Oswald Chambers, I find an accusing finger pointed right at me!

The test of spiritual concentration is bringing the imagination into captivity. Is your imagination looking on the face of an idol? Is the idol yourself? Your work? Your conception of what a worker should be? Your experience of salvation and sanctification? Then your imagination of God is starved, and when you are up against difficulties you have no power, you can only endure in darkness. If your imagination is starved, do not look back to your own experience; it is God Whom you need. Go right out of yourself, away from the face of your idols, away from everything that has been starving your imagination. Rouse yourself, take the gibe that Isaiah gave the people, and deliberately turn your imagination to God.

Doggone it!  But YAY!  I think that my EXPERIENCE and my CONCEPTIONS are blasted idols!  Woohoo!
Not woohoo that I have idols… but WOOHOO!  God has revealed them to me… so that He can get rid of them!

HUZZAH!  Isn’t it exciting and… INTIMATE?!?

I like what Oswald Chambers goes on to say:

One of the reasons of stultification in prayer is that there is no imagination, no power of putting ourselves deliberately before God. We have to learn how to be broken bread and poured out wine on the line of intercession more than on the line of personal contact. Imagination is the power God gives a saint to posit himself out of himself into relationships he never was in.

Am I weird?  Perhaps.  But I am a child of the King.  I am an EXCITED child of the King…
I’ve been focusing so much, lately on these EXPERIENCES or lack of, or slowness of them…
My imagination is starved!
Thank you, God, for using Oswald Chambers and Isaiah to shake me!


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